Monthly Archives: September 2012

Conservation by appreciation

I used to think that I wanted to be a conservationist. I wanted to study science so that I could go into conservation. I was interested in the conservation of plants, forests and landscapes. Given the path I am treading … Continue reading

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A macadamia in Africa? – the Brabejum oddity

Most times a botanist has to go out to look for plants, so that he or she can see the plant alive. This applies especially significant or special plants that piques his or her interest. On a fateful day last … Continue reading

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Tropical Moss Mania in Far North Queensland

After the closing of the XII Australasian Bryophyte Workshop, my workshop high culminated in a feverish peak. My “bryophilitis” manifested itself in a post-workshop three-day moss mania in tropical far north Queensland. The Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland, Australia, … Continue reading

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How to collect mosses and allied plants

Mosses and related small plants, collectively known as bryophytes, are among the easiest of plants to collect. They are often easily collected or dislodged from the tree trunks or the soil they grow on. There is no traumatic pulling and … Continue reading

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A workshop on mosses and allied plants in New South Wales

I have just returned from a 5 day workshop (2-7 Sept) on mosses and allied plants (the XII Australasian Bryological Workshop) organized by Chris Cargill and David Meagher. These workshops provide opportunities for people with an interest in small plants … Continue reading

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